The Best Smart Home Products for Lazy People

The Best Smart Home Products for Lazy People

Have you begun turning your home into a “smart home” yet? I have the pleasure of living with someone who is very invested in the world of smart home products, and he's always looking to try something new to make us lazier and lazier. Newsflash: it's working. We no longer get up to turn off the lights, we don't pull our phones out to play music and we don't even reach for the remote to turn the TV off. Continue Reading

How to Give Your Laptop the Deep Cleaning It Deserves

How to clean your laptop

If you're sitting at your laptop right now, I want you to look down at your keyboard. Get really close. Close enough so you can take a peek under the keys. Now look at the screen. Move from side to side to get different angles. How's it looking? If your computer is like mine was before I cleaned it, then you're probably noticing a bunch of greasy fingerprints mixed with crumbs from lunches past. Real talk: When was the last time you actually cleaned your laptop? Continue Reading

How My Family Lives Without Cable & Stays Entertained

How My Family Watches Television Without Cable

Heads up: this is not a post about how our family doesn’t watch TV. We are a busy family, like any other, but we do love to watch our favorite shows and sports. Instead, I want to share how our family manages to enjoy television with out spending a ton of money on cable TV service each month.

We decided to cut the cord nine years ago, and haven’t looked back. We’ve had to adapt our methods as networks and subscriptions have changed, but I don’t think we missed anything we have really wanted to watch. Continue Reading

Behind the Scenes of Curbly.com: Bruno’s Home Office

created at: 01/25/2011

In the final days of our “Work_____” series, we thought it was only fair to give you a tour of the offices, studios, and desks of the folks that make Curbly happen. So, have a peek at the spaces where our articles are researched and written, photos shot and edited, mistakes made, things learned, and the DIY community built.

My desk, where not very much of my work gets done.

Name: Bruno Bornsztein

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

What sort of activities or projects do you work on in this space?
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Top 5 Manly Man Laptop Bags

created at: 11/16/2010

This one is not one of them. I’m more than a little embarrassed when it comes to Mr. Mod’s laptop bag/tech gear/briefcase (pictured above).  It’s everything it shouldn’t be. It’s big, bulky and made from black nylon and has a company logo on it.  No matter what, he’s just the kind of guy who gravitates to the giveaway bags. (I’m getting knots in my stomach admitting this dreadful secret.) Luckily, I stumbled upon a post on My Life Scoop that features 5 Manly Laptop Bags. Continue Reading

A Solar Powered Laptop?

So, Apple has apparently captured the technology to power their portable electronics with el sol. So states Inhabitat: “Apple just filed a patent to infuse their hand-helds and computers with a thin film of solar
cells, paving the way for a new generation of gadgets with battery life
boosted by the sun. The patent approaches the prospect from every
angle, with schematics to stack photovoltaic cells beneath the entire
surface of their portables – including the screen!”